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    Tuesday, September 05, 2006

    Crisis averted

    Today Governor Schwarzenegger officially announced his intentions to veto SB 840, Sen. Kuehl's "single-payer" (pronounce "socialized") Health care initiative. The press release (linked below) is short, and highlight's not only the rationale for his opposition, but also his plan to address the problem. The bill had passed both the California Senate and House along party lines, and though it was speculated that the Governor would veto the bill, no official statement had been made. This press release, which I urge everyone to read, set the record straight.

    I'm very happy that the Governor made this decision, though I know that this is only a temporary diversion. If the bill is not reworked next Legislative session, it could very well end up as a ballot initiative. In either case, Californians should recognize this as a "shot over the bow"; In light of the partisan nature of this issue, those in California who don't want to see their taxes increased significantly while the quality of their health care declines should take a stand against those who support this legislation, and a stand for those who believe in a free market solution.

    Read the Press Release
    Read my letter to Schwarzenegger
    The Gentle Cricket: SB840: The Real Cost of "Free" Health Care


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